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Google Duo: Skype Has A Competition Now


A “full of friction” video calling app has just been launched by Google to give a strong contention to Skype and other video calling applications. According to Amit Fulay, Duo’s Product Manager at Google, “Video calling is full of friction right now,” with launch of this app. Although Hangout was ...

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Genuine enthusiasm for AI


On an afternoon in early April, Tommi Jaakkola is pacing at the front of the vast auditorium that is 26-100. The chalkboards behind him are covered with equations. Jaakkola looks relaxed in a short-sleeved black shirt and jeans, and gestures to the board. “What is the answer here?” he asks ...

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This technology can turn any surface into a touch sensor


NEW YORK: While touch sensing is common on small, flat surfaces such as smartphone or tablet screens, researchers have now developed a technology to turn surfaces of a wide variety of shapes and sizes into touchpads using tools as simple as a can of spray paint. The technology, called Electrick, can turn walls, furniture, ...

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Faster page loads


A webpage today is often the sum of many different components. A user’s home page on a social-networking site, for instance, might display the latest posts from the users’ friends; the associated images, links, and comments; notifications of pending messages and comments on the user’s own posts; a list of ...

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Google Docs phishing email ‘cost Minnesota $90,000’


A phishing email that targeted Gmail users is estimated to have cost the state of Minnesota $90,000 (£69,400). About 2,500 state employees received the email, according to the state chief information security officer. Around the world, people have reported getting multiple copies of the email, while others have received the ...

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Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers


Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press. The ads, in papers including The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph, carry a list of 10 things to look out for when deciding if a story is genuine. They include checking ...

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Transparent Touchpad Works Even When It’s Bent and Stretched


A new transparent, flexible touchpad can sense the touch of a finger even when the material is stretched or bent, which could help engineers one day create advanced wearable touch screens, according to a new study. Increasingly, researchers around the world are developing flexible electronics, such as display screens, cameras, ...

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All in the Wrist: Smart Jacket Houses Touch-Screen Tech


The jean jacket is getting a 21st-century upgrade: Levi’s and Google are planning to launch a new “smart” jacket later this year, according to news reports. The companies’ so-called Project Jacquard was first announced in June 2015 as a line of “connected” clothing that would interact with wearers’ smartphones, reported ...

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